Police: Driver may have fallen asleep in rollover that closed I-91 in New Haven

(WTNH / Report-It)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) —  All lanes are now open on I-91 southbound after the highway was closed for several hours in New Haven due to an overturned tractor trailer, early Tuesday morning.

Just after 2 a.m. on Tuesday, Connecticut State Police responded to I-91 southbound in New Haven, about a half-mile past exit 3. I-91 Southbound was closed between Exits 3 and 2 because of the accident. Troopers say traffic is now getting by on the highway but the off-ramp remains closed.

A tractor trailer had overturned, resting up against a pole on the side of the roadway. The driver, identified as 36-year-old Julie Rodriguez, of New York, told police that she may fallen asleep causing the vehicle to drift into the right shoulder and over the guardrail, before striking that traffic sign support pole at exit 3.

Troopers say Rodriguez sustained minor injuries after undergoing a 45-minute extrication, and was transported by ambulance to Yale-New Haven Hospital. She was later given a verbal warning for failure to maintain proper lane.

Delays began as early as 3:30 a.m., even on city streets, but the accident was not cleared in time for the morning commute.

Traffic was being detoured on State Street in New Haven. The traffic delays lasted several hours.

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